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Another Way to Think of the Internet of Things: Drop the "Things"

Posted in Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Internet/Information Tech

One of my many strategies for thinking about the future includes the dropping of words. This old post explains the concept but an example of the idea can be found in the term “color TV.” When most television sets were black-and-white it was necessary to add the word “color” as a necessary descriptor for new…


Why the Future Will Kick Your Ass … in a Single Graph

Posted in Business as Unusual, Future, Future Proof, Futurist

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The Internet of Things & The Jetson’s

Posted in Analogy, Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Internet/Information Tech

Did you know the cartoon series The Jetson’s was originally released in September of 1963? Also, the program wasn’t a commercial success and only 26 episodes were ever produced. The program’s relative failure may, perhaps, surprise you—especially if, like me, you grew up watching countless re-runs of the program. The reason the program didn’t meet…


What Will the Internet of the Future Look Like?

Posted in Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Internet/Information Tech

Over the coming months, I’m scheduled to deliver a series of 12 keynote presentations across the United States for Verizon Wireless on “How the Internet of Things Will Transform Business.” I have written a little about the “Internet of Things” here but it’d be presumptuous for me or anyone to claim that they will know…


The Future is Here and It’s Poised to Kick Your Ass

Posted in Business, Business as Unusual, Future, Future Proof

Last year, Simon Anderson, one of my favorite futurists–and a reverse mentor of sorts—said something that really resonated with me. He said, “2013 is the year the future arrived.” In a literal sense, the future will always be, well, in the future; but let me provide you a glimpse into what Simon was driving at:…


Business as Unusual: How to Prepare for the Coming Decade

Posted in Business, Business as Unusual, Future Proof, Futurist

What will the coming decade look like? The honest answer is that no one knows. A glimpse, though, can be found in a promising new start-up, Oculus Rift. Eighteen months ago, Palmer Luckey was a teenager with a clever idea for a new business. Foregoing the traditional path of securing a bank loan, Luckey instead…


10 Unexpected Ways the Internet Of Things Will Open Up a Future of Opportunity

Posted in Disruptive Technology, Future, Future Proof, Internet/Information Tech

A common and popular vision of the Internet of Things—which I loosely define as the connection of billions of physical objects to the Internet through the use of low-cost sensors—is the example of an alarm clock smart enough to read your daily schedule, review the latest traffic and weather reports and then communicate this information…


Why the Future Demands Unlearning in a Single Graph

Posted in Business as Unusual, Computer/Semiconductor, Future, Future Proof, Unlearning

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The Future in Two Words: Predictably Unpredictable

Posted in Business as Unusual, Future Proof

As a futurist, I am frequently asked, “What will the future look like?” My response, in two words, is: predictably unpredictable. This then begs the question: How does a person prepare for such a paradoxical future? The answer lies in embracing other paradoxes such as learning to unlearn, thinking about the unthinkable, embracing failure as…


The Future is Closer Than You Think

Posted in Behavior, Education, Future, Future Proof, Futurist, Government, Health Care, Retail/Marketing, Transportation, Trends

Yesterday, I released my annual predictions for 2014, and a few weeks ago I shared with you 10 Game-Changing Technological Trends That Will Transform Tomorrow. In the sprit that more is better, and a different perspective is always welcome, I’d like to share with you IBM’s annual “5 in 5” series–5 predictions for the next…


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